Boston Bruins and Patrick Kane not to stop
In the night from Wednesday to Thursday, the series criminals struck again in the NHL: The Boston Bruins won the Vegas Golden Knights for the seventh time in a row. At the Chicago Blackhawks, double packer Patrick Kane expanded his points series and was described by his opponent as the “best player in the world”. In addition, the Colorado Avalanche offensive raged over the Winnipeg Jets. Meanwhile, the Calgary Flames cracked the league’s best defensive from the New York Islanders.
The Bruins are currently unstoppable: Boston celebrated their seventh victory in a row and scored points in twelve consecutive games (9-0-3) in their 3-2 n.P. win in Las Vegas. But the Golden Knights proved to be a tough opponent: Jake DeBrusk (12th) and Brad Marchand (42nd) took the lead twice, but Vegas equalled with Reilly Smith (19th) and Nate Schmidt (42nd). DeBrusk scored for the Bruins and William Karlsson for the Knights. As the twelfth shooter David Backes made the difference.
“It feels good,” said DeBrusk, who scored in each of his most recent four games. “We stand together as a team and feel good about it. We’re playing a harder style right now. It’s not always the best game, but it shows how tough we are.” The Bruins had to play without their injured top scorer David Pastrnak (31 goals of the season). Striker Brad Marchand collected strong 24 scorer points (eight goals, 16 assists) in his last 16 games. Center David Krejci expanded his points series to five games (two goals, eight assists). Charlie Coyle (for Ryan Donato and a five-round draftpick), the Minnesota Wild centre forward acquired by trade, has not yet been used. Goalie Jaroslav Halak showed 31 saves (93.9 percent) and won his third consecutive start.
The Chicago Blackhawks roll up the field in the Central Division from behind: In the Detroit Red Wings, a 4:3 victory was achieved – it was the tenth victory in the twelfth rack (10-2-0). The wildcard spots in the Western Conference are suddenly within reach. The face of the success is superstar Patrick Kane, who extended his points series to 19 games with a double pack in Motor City, which means a record for the current season. The 30-year-old American scored 4-1 in the meantime (22nd), later he scored the winning goal in overtime (63rd). Kane scored at least one goal in each of his most recent four games and even made his opponent rave: “Patrick is probably the best player in the world at the moment. There are moments when he drives your defense apart and lets you run after and chase the puck. He can do that against any team,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill was amazed.
For the guests from Windy City, Artem also scored Anisimov (2nd), Brandon Saad (13th) and Alex DeBrincat (17th). With Dylan Larkin (7th, 45th) and Andreas Athanasiou (46th, 59th) the Red Wings had two double packers in their ranks. The German Dominik Kahun played in Chicago’s second row next to DeBrincat and Dylan Strome, but remained without a scorer point and came to 14:24 minutes ice time (of which 0:21 minutes in power play).
The Colorado Avalanche swept the leaders of the Central Division 7-1 off the ice with the Winnipeg Jets. The Avs were both powerful (46:27 shots on goal) and effective. Carl Soderberg (24.), Mikko Rantanen (32.), Nathan MacKinnon (41., in powerplay), Matt Calvert (42.), Tyson Jost (46.), Gabriel Landeskog (58.) and with his first NHL goal A.J. Greer (60.) provided for Colorado’s cantal victory. Winnipeg’s honorary goal was scored by Kyle Connor (22nd, in powerplay).
For the first time since November, the Avalanche won twice in a row. After three wins in the last four games, the trend for the Denver team is upwards again. “It took long enough,” Captain Landeskog looked back on difficult weeks. “We’re now looking forward and I liked what I last saw of our team. We’re moving in the right direction. If we go on like this, we’ll see a few more victories.” In the Avs, Semyon Varlamov was preferred to the German backup Philipp Grubauer – the Russian showed 26 saves (96.3 percent quota).
Flames crack the Islanders Defensive
The Calgary Flames underlined their leading position in the Pacific Division with a 4-2 home win over the New York Islanders. Four times the Flames managed to overcome the best defensive of the NHL: Mikael Backlund (6th), Travis Hamonic (16th), Austin Czarnik (47th) and 29 seconds later Johnny Gaudreau (47th) provided Calgary’s goals. New York came back after a 2-0 deficit when Casey Cizikas (31st) and Anders Lee (42nd) had equalized – but in the end there were no points.
“We had too many followers and were neither emotionally nor physically involved in the first half of the match. We had fought our way back, but we didn’t deserve to win.” Goalkeeper Thomas Greiss stopped 28 shots (87.5 percent catch quota), striker Tom Kühnhackl stayed in the second row next to Mathew Barzal and Josh Bailey without scorer points and came on 13:35 minutes of ice time (of which 1:09 outnumbered). For Calgary it was already the fourth victory in a row. “It was our best game since the All-Star break,” cheered Flames star Gaudreau. “It was a really good team performance.
NHL results from Wednesday, February 20, 2019:
Detroit Red Wings – Chicago Blackhawks 4:5 n.V.
Colorado Avalanche – Winnipeg Jets 7:1
Calgary Flames – New York Islanders 4:2
Vegas Golden Knights – Boston Bruins 2-3 APS